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Attorney general orders investigation into two unspecified matters involving prime minister, Israeli television station says


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Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday December 28, 2016, 11:27 pm
Shared article over social media to spread awareness.

fly bird (26)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 12:32 am
Attorney general orders investigation into two unspecified matters involving prime minister, Israeli television station says.

Israel’s attorney general has ordered police to open a criminal investigation into two unspecified matters involving the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Channel 10 television has said.

A spokeswoman for Israel’s justice ministry declined to respond to the report. Netanyahu has in the past denied wrongdoing in the purchase of submarines from Germany, where media have reported a potential conflict of interest involving his lawyer.

The Channel 10 report on Wednesday said one of the two cases that the attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, had been examining was not known to the public.

Israeli attorney general orders inquiry into 'matters relating to Netanyahu' .

Netanyahu and his family have been subject to a series of allegations over the past two decades. In 1997, it was decided that there was not enough evidence to charge him over the appointment of an attorney general, though prosecutors said they had a “tangible suspicion” about Netanyahu’s role in the scandal.

According to the New York Times, Netanyahu reacted by saying that he had “erred in the making of the selection, but I did not commit any crime”. He added: “As far as I am concerned, and I think as far as the majority of the public in Israel is concerned, this affair is behind us.”

There followed a series of allegations about the use of public funds in the Netanyahu household. Israeli police recommended in 2000 that Netanyahu – then between his stints as prime minister – be charged with corruption over claims he and his wife, Sara, benefited from more than £60,000 in state gifts.

The attorney general refused, however, saying there were “difficulties with the evidence”, which was not sufficient for a trial.

Netanyahu admitted this year that he had accepted thousands of euros from Arnaud Mimran, who was later convicted of fraud and sentenced to eight years in prison.

And in May it was reported that Sara Netanyahu could face fraud charges over the management of the prime minister’s residence. The claims reportedly focused on whether the state was defrauded into paying for private expenses.

She and her husband’s office have denied any wrongdoing. It has been reported that prosecutors are still looking at the case.

Thanks for sharing, Judy. The outcome of the 'investigation' will be interesting.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 2:47 am

Thanks Judy - it's about time that this scumbag gets investigated. He should also stand in front of Den Haag while at it ...

You may also find this interesting which I just posted: Netanyahu Is Out Of Control

Possible also that Bibi-dearest tries to hide his private failures behind a thick political smoke screen?!
Who knows?

fly bird (26)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 10:17 am
At this time, Netanyahu, may be in some hot water.

I hope it is an independent, full investigation - and he doesn't get away with anything.

Thanks for the link, Eleonora.
Re: Netanyahu and his push for new settlements, this came in yesterday -

Committee Cancels Vote to Approve East Jerusalem Settlements.

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality has reportedly cancelled plans to vote on approving the construction of new Israeli settlement units, in occupied East Jerusalem, that were initially put forward to defy a new United Nations Security Council resolution, which has reaffirmed that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law.

According to a report from Reuters, the decision to cancel the vote came to avoid further strain on diplomatic relations with the US, who allowed the resolution to pass with an abstention, as US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to give a speech addressing the resolution and his vision for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in general, later Wednesday.

Meanwhile, according to Ma’an, US President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday, to assure Israel to “stay strong” until Jan. 20, when he will be sworn into office for the US presidency, as Trump has supported Israel in condemning the resolution and the current Obama administration for not using its veto power at the UN Security Council, to block it from passing.

The US abstained from voting on the resolution, while all other UNSC members unanimously voting in favor of it.

In the days following its passage, reports emerged that Israel’s Local Planning and Building Committee in Jerusalem municipality was expected to approve thousands of housing units in occupied East Jerusalem for illegal settlements.

Israel Hayom reported that the committee would approve 2,600 housing units in the settlement of Gilo, 2,600 others in Givat HaMatos, and 400 units in the Ramat Shlomo settlement.

However, newer reports said that the coming plans would have been only for the approval of 492 building permits in Ramot and Ramat Shlomo.

Members of the Jerusalem committee told Reuters, Wednesday, that the cancellation of the vote came at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request, out of fear that the approval of the new settlements would have given Kerry “ammunition before the speech.”

However, the construction plans were just one aspect of the resolution’s fallout, with the Netanyahu government also calling for an end to all non-security related coordination with the Palestinian Authority, and drastically limiting diplomatic ties with UNSC members states.

Meanwhile, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett again called for the total annexation of the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, as well as the entirety of Area C in the West Bank — the more than 60 percent of the territory currently under full Israeli military and civil control.

Human rights groups and international leaders have strongly condemned Israel’s settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, claiming it is a strategic maneuver to prevent the establishment of a contiguous, independent Palestinian state by changing the facts on the ground, while members of Israel’s parliament have repeatedly come forward announcing their support for annexing Area C.

A recent report by human rights group B’Tselem argued that under the guise of a “temporary military occupation,” Israel has been “using the land as its own: robbing land, exploiting the area’s natural resources for its own benefit and establishing permanent settlements,” estimating that Israel had dispossessed Palestinians from some 200,000 hectares (494,211 acres) of lands in the occupied Palestinian territory, over the years.

B’Tselem highlighted the “key role” of Israeli settlers in further isolating Palestinians from their lands, either through the establishment of outposts officially unrecognized by the Israeli government, or through the regular use of violence or threats of violence against Palestinians.

The movement of Israeli settlers taking over Palestinian land, and further displacing the local Palestinian population has been a “stable” Israeli policy since the takeover of the West Bank and Jerusalem in 1967, B’Tselem reported, underscoring that all “Israeli legislative, legal, planning, funding, and defense bodies” have played an active role in the dispossession of Palestinians from their lands.


Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 2:53 pm

Thanks Jess for the update on the settlement activities and approvals respectively. It has always been polit-Israel's policy to "retaliate" with more settlements each and every time things didn't go the way the Israeli leaders wanted them to go. Blackmail in its purest form and the entire world swallowed/s it. So why not continue?

I believe we all know what the ultimate goal is - to swallow all of Palestine. The only unsolved problem is (at least at the surface of it): what to do with the millions of Palestinians (Christians and Muslims)? To expel them is not that easy; genocide is not on either; so what to do as one State solution with full rights for everybody is definitely a no-go for the Israeli leadership.

Remain in the status quo and hope that eventually the Palestinians will go away? Sit out the problem? I don't know ...

Judy C (91)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 5:07 pm
Eleanora, I don't know what they are going to do either, other than continuing to trample the Palestinians, wishing they'd go away, I guess. It's crazy and it's evil. Thank you for all the other information, Jess.

fly bird (26)
Friday December 30, 2016, 12:05 am
Thanks for your comments, Judy and Eleonora.

It is a big, horrible tragedy - to be so obsessed, and care naught for trampling on, denying and refusing to accept and recognize the human rights of others...
while greed, hate and power intoxicates.

Hope the yahu gets his comeuppance!!!!!!

Free Palestine. End the occupation -siege of Gaza!

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday December 30, 2016, 1:06 am

Jess - I do hope with you that Nutty will get his fair share ... unfortunately people of his habitus have the tendency to fall through the loopholes in our judicial system ... and if they don't manage on their own they always get the helping hand to make sure nothing happens to them ;-(!

Danuta W (1251)
Friday December 30, 2016, 3:04 am

Judy C (91)
Friday December 30, 2016, 4:28 pm
Jess and Eleonora, you are so right.
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